South Washington County Schools

East Ridge High School Robotics Team wins regional tournament

The East Ridge High School Robotics Team, the ERRORs, won the Northern Lights Regional Championship earlier this month in Duluth, MN. This regional win earns the ERRORs a place at the First Robotics Competition (FRC) World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, to be held April 27 – 29, and a spot in the Minnesota State Championships. This is the third consecutive year the ERRORs have advanced to the World Championships.

The objective of this year’s competition, “Steamworks,” proved to be extremely difficult. Out of almost 1,500 qualified matches in 21 different tournaments around the country, only three teams were able to start the initial task. The ERRORs were one of the first teams to do so. A video of the ERRORs is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Sux2BqzxCiI

“The team’s success is entirely due to the students. The dedicated work of others on the team is just as important to a high performance powerhouse team like the ERRORs,” said Doug Jensen, lead mentor for the ERRORs. “I am so proud of the students for understanding the importance of the rules, executing a robust design and performing as truly gracious professionals under the pressures of short build times.”

The ERRORs started in the 2009-10 school year and have won the Minnesota North Star competition the last two years. For more on the ERRORs visit www.error3130.org.

With over 200 robotics teams, Minnesota leads the country in the most robotics teams per capita of any state. In addition to the East Ridge team, the Park High School “Data Bits” also had strong showings at the Northern Lights regional, making it to the semi-final round. The ERRORs and Data Bits, along with “The Woodbury Royal T-Wrecks” will be competing at the Minnesota North Star competition in Mariucci Arena at the University of MN on April 7 - 8.